Watch the Basic Tapping online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 60 Electric Guitar Techniques You MUST Know
Tapping is a next-level legato technique that involves both your pick and fret hand fingers playing notes on the neck. A basic approach is a single pick hand finger in conjunction with a two-note-per-string sequence in the fret hand working in tandem on a single string. This is a great way to play arpeggios or wide interval licks with ease, and not to mention more speed.
Looking for inspiration? More often than not, most guitarist's introduction to the concept of tapping is through Eddie Van Halen. While Ed is not the inventor, he is by far the technique's best friend. These days high-octane guitar playing is back in style, and at the forefront is tapping. From the basics to well beyond, this may be the golden age of tapping.